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Fever in Infants and Children
 
  A fever can often be a symptom of simple infection such as an ear infection, sore throat or upper respiratory infection. Treating a fever is important because it will make your child more comfortable while allowing him or her to eat, drink and rest.

Because dosing for common over-the-counter anti-fever medications may change, we've provided these links to help you choose the right dose for your child. Please note: aspirin should be avoided in anyone under 21 years of age.

Children's Acetaminophen (Such as Tylenol)

Concentrated Tylenol Infant Drops
80mg/0.8mL

Children's Tylenol Suspension Liquid
160mg/5mL

Children's Tylenol Soft Chews Tablets
80mg each

Junior Strength Tylenol Chewable Tablets
160mg each

 

 

mL

Teaspoon

Tablet

Tablet

Weight

Age

Use only dropper provided

Use only the dosing cup provided

 

 

6-11lbs

0-3mos

0.4mL

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12-17lbs

4-11 mos

0.8mL

1/2 tsp

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18-23lbs

12-23mos

1.2mL (0.8 + 0.4mL)

3/4 tsp

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24-35lbs

2-3yrs

1.6mL (0.8 + 0.8mL)

1 tsp

2

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36-47lbs

4-5yrs

---

1 1/2 tsp

3

---

48-59lbs

6-8yrs

---

2 tsp

4

2

60-71lbs

9-10yrs

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2 1/2 tsp

5

2 1/2

72-95lbs

11yrs

---

3 tsp

6

3

96lbs and over

12yrs

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4



Children's Ibuprophen (Such as Motrin)

6mos-23mos

2yrs-11yrs

2yrs-11yrs

6yrs-11yrs

6yrs-11yrs

Concentrated Motrin Infant Drops
50 mg/1.25mL

Children's Motrin Suspension
100mg/5mL

Children's Motrin Chewable Tablets
80mg each

Junior Strength Motrin Chewable Tablets
100mg each

Junior Strength Motrin Caplets
160mg each

 

 

mL

Teaspoon

Tablet

Tablet

Caplet

Weight

Age

Use only dropper provided

Use only the dosing cup provided

 

 

 

Under 6 months

Not for use in infants under 6 months old

12-17lbs

6-11 mos

1.25mL

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18-23lbs

12-23mos

1.875mL

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24-35lbs

2-3yrs

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1 tsp

2

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36-47lbs

4-5yrs

 ---

1 1/2 tsp

3

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48-59lbs

6-8yrs

 ---

2 tsp

4

2

2

60-71lbs

9-10yrs

--- 

2 1/2 tsp

5

2 1/2

2 1/2

72-95lbs

11yrs

--- 

3 tsp

6

3

3

One dose lasts 6-8 hours



Monitor your child's temperature regularly, and call our office if:
  • your child is having difficulty breathing
  • your child's fever is greater than 100 degrees for more than 72 hours
  • your child's fever goes away and then comes back within 24 hours
  • your child has a seizure or is difficult to awaken
  • your child develops a rash or spots on the skin, or he/she develops swollen glands
  • your child complains of joint pain, abdominal pain, ear pain, sore throat, neck stiffness/pain or headache
  • your child is having difficulty swallowing or is drooling excessively


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